Category Archives: Brochs

Thought to originate in the Iron Age, brochs were ostensibly northern Scottish, round, drystone walled structures, built upwards to considerable heights, with large inner conical chambers reaching up to the high roofs. Such monuments were very effective in protecting anyone inside the broch from the wind and rain There are thought to have been multifunctional, with their use as living quarters being the primary function. A lot more research is required on these large and fascinating remains.

Borgie Farmhouse, Tongue, Sutherland

Broch (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NC 675 594 Archaeology & History A singular reference to this site appears in James Horsburgh’s (1870) early article on the prehistoric remains of Sutherland.  It seems he was on an early road-trip (or dirt-track-trip … Continue reading

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Auchensalt, Thornhill, Stirlingshire

Broch:  OS Grid Reference – NN 6533 0099 Also Known as: Canmore ID 24398 Easter Borland Keir Getting Here Take the A873 from Thornhill to Aberfoyle, and literally 1 mile west of Thornhill turn right up the track up and past Easter … Continue reading

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Baile Mhargaite, Bettyhill, Sutherland

Broch: OS Grid Reference – NC 69742 60973 Also Known as: Ca an Duin Canmore ID 5786 Invernaver Lochan Druim An Duin Sandy Dun Getting Here Take the A836 road west through Bettyhill and downhill, turning right and going over the … Continue reading

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Caisteal Mhic Neill, Cashlie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire

Dun:  OS Grid Reference – NN 49036 41779 Getting Here Truly remote, but easy to find once you’re nearing the western end of Glen Lyon. Going upstream, past Cashlie Dam, watch out for the well-preserved stone kiln on the left-hand … Continue reading

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Bruan Broch, Caithness, Scotland

Broch:  OS Grid Reference – ND 3108 395 Archaeology & History It seems there’s not been a lot of archaeohistory written about this ruined site — with even the Canmore records saying very little.  In Richard Feachem’s (1977) gazetteer he … Continue reading

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